85) Solar Physics w/ Dr. Maria Weber

What is Solar Physics? What are sunspots, how does the suns magnetism work, and how does this affect us? I was glad to welcome Dr. Maria Weber on The Way to talk about Coronal Mass Ejections, Solar Dynamo, Red Dwarfs and much much more.

Shortened Bio: My name is Maria Weber, and I’m an  astrophysicist. I study the Sun and other cool, low-mass stars. Through  computer models and simulations, I explore the processes taking place  deep in stellar interiors, well beyond the reach of telescopes. These  internal processes ultimately lead to the remarkable magnetism observed  on stellar surfaces. In the case of our Sun, this magnetism is the  source of the ‘solar storms’ that occasionally impact our planet, simultaneously wreaking havoc on earth-orbiting satellites while spawing beautiful aurora. We still don’t have a complete theory to describe,  and ultimately predict, the Sun’s magnetic behavior. My work is an  important piece of this intricate and complicated puzzle.

I began my career as a solar physicist. Recently, I have extended my  work to include other cool, low-mass stars – from F-type stars as large  as 140% of the Sun’s mass to M-type (or red dwarf) stars as small as 10%  of the Sun’s mass. Red dwarfs are statistically the most abundant and  magnetically active stars in our galaxy. Many of these stars have  orbiting planets in the habitable zone, located at just the right  distance from the host star to sustain liquid water. It is still unclear  how these small stars build such strong magnetism, with energetic  events often rivaling the magnetic storms of our own Sun. Tackling this  problem is another crucial part of my on-going research.

Website - http://www.solarismaria.com/

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